The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th

Friday, April 29, 2011

We apologize 003

To what level I can offer helpful or practical advice is unclear, like your girlfriend. Anything said by me has to pass through many layers of filters, moodiness, and shyness. Oh, yes, and possibly sarcasm. Take the case of my friend Steve Atwell, whose computer has viruses and needs to be rebooted every few months. Now, I should have just advised him to shut off his system whenever he is done for the day, and to use Microsoft Security Essentials, which is available from Microsoft for free. I however decided to first respond to the recommendation that Steve should just buy a Mac:
Yes, and why stop with an iMac? Get an iPhone4 and an iPad from Verizon Wireless, and an iPod for your iTunes in your Mitsubishi i! Twitter / Web News 2.0: “Did Apple Buy For $4.5 Million? It’s Possible, But ...”
Did Apple Buy For $4.5 Million? It’s Possible, But …
“Om Malik got a tip from an unidentified source who told him that Apple purchased the domain name from a Swedish company called Xcerion (which recently renamed its iCloud service to CloudMe) for about $4.5 million. This is most certainly a possibility. Last week, we also received a tip...”
Yeah, make sure you buy an iCloud, too!
That was not nearly as zany as “HUMANCENTiPAD”, the new South Park episode, which also makes light of a film:
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) - Wikipedia
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is a 2010 Dutch horror film written and directed by Tom Six. The film tells the story of a German doctor who kidnaps three tourists and joins them surgically, mouth to anus, forming a ‘human centipede’.”
The Apple product was also apparently foretold:
iPad Predicted in 1994 (Video)
“The iPad is a futuristic looking device, but imagining something much like it isn’t terribly new. In the video below, the former newspaper giant Knight-Ridder shows its vision of the newspaper’s future - delivered by tablet computer. Circa 1994. It’s amazing how much the company got right.”
Well, what do you know.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

An offer that I cannot refuse 008

Today I was looking through the most recent items in my news feed on Facebook, like your girlfriend, and found something from Subaru of America, Inc. about Dining Out For Life:
Dining Out For Life International
“Dining Out For Life is an annual fund-raising event where [more] than 2,500 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to local non-profits. Over $2 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of local AIDS organizations throughout North America.”
Fortunately Kansas City has participating restaurants. Looking through the list of restaurants, I only recognized Hamburger Mary’s; I had gone there with the ensembles from the Roving Imp after their performances at The Living Room Theatre on Saturday, September 25, which was also the birthday of Major Tom, who had brought a chocolate-chip cookie cake with him. Chanté had a birthday on Tuesday, September 28, and we celebrated that at that time as well.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Is 27 April anything special?

Is 27 April anything special?
Happy Big-Block Days! - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
“Happy Nailhead Day (4/25), Hemi Day (4/26), FE/Rat Day (4/27), Cobra Jet Day (4/28), and Boss 9 Day (4/29)! 180 Out”
I almost missed the party, Ford Motor Company !
427 - Ford FE engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Ford’s 427 V8 was introduced in 1963 as a race-only engine. It was developed for racing. The true displacement of the 427 was actually 425 cubic inches, but Ford called it the 427 because 7 liters (427 cu in (7 L)) was the maximum displacement allowed by several racing organizations at the time.”
Hey, Chevrolet, I almost missed the party !
427 (Z11) - Chevrolet Big-Block engine - Wikipedia
“A special 427 cubic inches (7.00 L) version of the 409 engine was used in the 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe ordered under Chevrolet Regular Production Option (RPO) Z11. This was a special package created for drag racers, including aluminum engine and body parts and a cowl-induction air intake...”
Besides a cleaning product, was that not a song?
409 (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“‘409’ is a song written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Gary Usher for the American rock and roll band, The Beach Boys. The song features Mike Love singing lead vocals. It was originally released as the b-side of the ‘Surfin’ Safari’ single. It was later released on their 1962 album...”
Back in my day, like your girlfriend, a 1968 Chevy Camaro with a 396 had its own comic book:
12 Gauge Comics : Title : Home
“Bullets, babes and a bad-ass car! Since 2004 THE RIDE has featured a line-up of the best and most respected talent in the industry. The second volume of this critically acclaimed series tightens its focus on fan-favorite teen-assassin LACI! Brought to you by the creative team of artist ...”
One could be surprised en route to the comics store:
Canadian car horror - Driverless snowplow tractor wreaks havoc [video]
“A driverless John Deere tractor snowplow wreaks havoc in a Walmart parking lot in Richmond Hill, Ontario (Canada) and it gets captured on video - in high definition too.”
Somewhere this post has wandered from its title.

That would be nice

My co-workers were talking about how they wished the easy button from Staples was real, like your girlfriend:

“That would be nice.”
Photoshoot: Giving a soldier a ride in my Scuderia
“Chandler, an exceptional young man whom I had the honor of meeting through a mutual friend is about to be deployed for a year in Iraq. Being a huge F1...follow for this great story by Jason!”
“That would be nice, too.”
Scion FR-S Concept Exposed
“Bringing back the enthusiast’s Toyota.”
Justin Pritchard’s photos - Bestest cars evar! | Plixi
2012 Chevy Camaro Celebrates 45 Years With Special Edition
“In 1967, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro coupe as their answer to Ford’s wildly successful Mustang, and through its ups and downs, the Camaro’s held on to its loyal following--outselling the Mustang on occasion, even, as it has this year. In honor of the Camaro’s 45th Anniversary...”
New MythBusters airs on the Discovery Channel,
and new South Park airs on Comedy Central tonight!
South Park unveils the HUMANCENTiPAD
South Park Season 15 kicks off showcasing Apple’s revolutionary new product - The HUMANCENTiPAD. Brand new South Park starts 10pm 6th May on Comedy Central UK.”
Why You Will Want Apple,
Google To Track You
| Fast Company
Silver End Game » Silver End Game
“This course and website is slowly restoring my confidence as an investor in silver. At one point I was ready to unload it all at rock-bottom prices. Since I’ve read the letter I’ve held on.”
Summer fun - Aston Martin Virage Volante review by Autocar
Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe gets behind the wheel of the new Aston Martin Virage 6.0 V12 and give a brief review...follow for more!”
Twitter / “Great story coming shortly about what could possibly be the ultimate factory towing rig. 162 gallon fuel tank FTW!”
Ram ‘Long-Hauler’ Concept is the Ultimate Tow Truck - News
“Looking for the ultimate tow rig to pull your fifth-wheel horse trailer, car hauler or RV across the U.S. with just two refueling stops? The Ram Long-Hauler concept could be all the pickup truck you’ll ever need. It almost makes the 2007 Dodge Ram BFT look like a compact.”
Kohler Numi
“The Numi from Kohler is a brand new toilet that costs $6400. The Numi is the definition of luxury and features a fold-out design and an external full-color touch-screen device that controls seat temperature, water pressure, radio stations, and more. The Numi should be available later this year.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Captain Jean-Luc Picard is a Star Trek character portrayed by Patrick Stewart. He appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the feature films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek Nemesis.”
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

see what I did there

Earth Day, I despise you. Last year to counteract all this “green”, I was linking to red cars. God, help me, I might have found something actually worth something among the Earth Day displays.
New Thor Trailer Has Fans Worried 04/20/11
“Comic book fans are a little worried about the new Thor movie... And this new trailer isn’t helping!”
“To say that things have been tough in Japan since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11 would be a gross understatement. With thousands of lives lost, homes destroyed, families separated, and up to 150,000 living in shelters, it seems almost crass to talk about the effect on business. But...”
Twitter / Peter Payne: “Japan airs thank you message to U.S. on CNN
Moé (slang) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Moé is a Japanese slang word. One expert claims it is derived from a Japanese word that literally means ‘budding’, as with a plant that is about to flower, and thus it can also be used to mean ‘budding’ as with a preadolescent girl. The word has come to be used to mean one ...”
In response to the moé actions of Miyuki,
Konata says, “Good Job!”
Microsoft to Start Cloud Girl Manga for Windows Azure
“Cloud services anthropomorphized as ‘Claudia’ with Nanami Madobe cameo...”
The Cold Equations of California’s Fiscal Reality | Red County 
“One of the most celebrated science fiction classics is the 1954 short story, ‘The Cold Equations’ by Tom Godwin. It’s a sobering tale, set in the future, about a young woman who stows away on a short range spacecraft that’s been dispatched to deliver serum for a fever outbreak on a remote human ...”
2011 Camaro Convertible lives up to the hype
“There’s no great mystery to evaluating a convertible -you’re basically searching for what performance compromises have been made to satiate the quest for alfresco motoring. The compromises often come in the form of reduced body control. An automobile’s chassis without a top can become flimsy. Manufacturers ...”
Twitter / jeffalopolis: “I’m blaring the Initial D soundtrack hoping it makes the day MOVE faster (see what I did there?)”
Variations - Convertible - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Convertibles have offered numerous iterations that fall between the first mechanically-simple but attention-demanding fabric tops to highly complex modern retractable hardtops ...”
OK OK OK the spelling of spyder is different in reference to a car than in reference to the silly animal. To be fair, I have also made no reference to paronomasia in nearly six months.

Dear reader, like your girlfriend, did you see what I attempted to do there?

Happy National High Five Day

“It’s been used, abused and resurrected in recent years, but overall, it’s hard to deny the central, if not often recognized, place of the high five in American culture. And while we can’t trace the gesture as far back as the Romans or a secret signal of the Knights Templar, for Americans, being able...”
Celebratory note, of course, could have been the title of this post. and the New York International Auto Show is happening.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu | Global Premier Teaser | Chevy Runs Deep
“Check out this teaser to the global premiere of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, where we take you behind the scenes to how the newest Malibu design has changed to be even sleeker. And be sure to tune in on Monday, April 18th at 8:30PM EDT to Chevrolet on Facebook to catch the global premiere.”
Which day are you coming to the show?
South Park Studios Season 15 Press Release - News
“From the Comedy Central Press Release: SOUTH PARK KICKS OFF 15TH SEASON! ALL NEW EPISODES BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 AT 10:00 P.M. ON COMEDY CENTRAL South Park: The Complete Fourteenth Season Uncensored DVD And Blu-Ray Arrives In Stores On Tuesday, April 26 All-New Season 15 Episodes Available...”
The Onion has shows on Comedy Central and the IFC - Independent Film Channel.
Vacation-Bound Rush Limbaugh To Do Nothing But Golf And Respect Minorities For 2 Weeks
“PALM BEACH, FL—Popular radio personality Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday that he is going to Honolulu for a 10-day vacation during which he plans to break away from his daily routine and ‘just play a lot of golf, eat, sleep, and treat mi...’”
GOD: An Unauthorized Biography
“Does God really exist? Or is He just a grandiose delusion passed down through the millennia to help us deal with our nagging need to find a purpose for our existence? The author grew up in a believing household, never questioning the existence of God, but as he grew older and more interested in ...”
Poll: Skyrocketing Gas Prices Tank Obama’s Approval Ratings
Tax Dollars At Work: EPA Does Rap About Climate Change
“The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new child-themed song called ‘Click It - Flip It’ to inform children what they can do to prevent climate change. The rap goes like this (via Washington Times): EPA: The USA is where we are to kick a new trend and to raise the bar.”
Twitter / Matt Singley: “I’m not sure what I was expecting from the Facebook/President town hall, but this isn’t it. Tuning out.”
“PLEASE HELP US SHARE THIS VIDEO. On Thursday, April 15, Tea Partiers from around the country gathered in the nation’s capital to protest what they percieved to be egregious increases in taxation under the Obama administration, despite taxes having actually been lowered for 98% of working American ...”
With no demonstration of liberal media bias above, I still usually avoid the news because of liberal media bias, and I instead prefer to watch documentaries:
William Shatner heads back to space with NASA documentary (Video) - BlogPost - The Washington Post
“The Star Trek alumnus gets back into space with this NASA short film.”
As recently opined, this president will only take up space:
Obama to attend launch of shuttle Endeavour - 44 - The Washington Post
“President Obama will attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on April 29.”
According to a TV ad for the Corvette, “America still builds rocket ships.”
MOTION Chevy Camaro Phase III Packs a Punch | Car Tuning
“Here is the 2011 MOTION Chevy Camaro Phase III that was on display at the Super Chevy Show in Palm Beach, Florida.”
“But the internal-combustion engine runs on ordinary gasoline; it always has.”
Multiquip Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Light Tower Wins Award | Construction Equipment Guide News Online
“Multiquip, has won a World of Concrete Most Innovative Product award for its model H2LT hydrogen fuel cell powered light tower. The H2LT light tower was named the Editor’s Choice in the General ...”
On Aug. 1, 2011, like your girlfriend, Johnson County Community College will become a tobacco-free campus.
Brownback signs voter ID law -
“TOPEKA | Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a voter ID bill into law Monday afternoon at a news conference at the statehouse. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and numerous legislators joined Brownback for the signing.”
Hey, high five!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is 20 April anything special?

Is 20 April anything special?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
Quote Details: Charles Dickens - The Quotations Page

Twitter / Brent D. Payne: “So why is 4/20 national marijuana day? Where does ‘420’ come from in relation to marijuana? I just learned the connotation a year ago. Help ...”
10 science fiction and fantasy characters who were stoners
“Today is April 20, a day better known as International Planetarium Laser Show and Ding-Dong Appreciation Day. In honor of this momentous celebration, we bring to you a bevy of fantastical characters from speculative fiction who probably smell like patchouli.”
Government implements new terror alert system
“The federal government on Wednesday implements a new terror alert system that will replace the color-coded terror alerts put in place after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.”
Facebook Accidentally Resets Email Notifications
“Facebook has accidentally reset email notifications for some users.”
SureWest Communications, we have HBO, which I thought me had canceled, so enjoyment for now. David Rushing commented on my status:
“‘which I thought *me* had canceled.’ Well maybe your family had uncanceled it after you had. Unless that was a typo and you meant to say ‘we’ in stead of ‘me.’ Being facebook, I expect that is a possability. However, if this were on stage, I’d make a simular comment.”
Hm, like your girlfriend, I don’t know how to feel about that.
“I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off of my new album: a parody of ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga called ‘Perform This Way.’ But after hearing it, Lady Gaga decided not to give me permission to release the song, so… it won’t be coming out commercially anytime in the...”
From Mashable, the Internet tide turned in favor of “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Weird Al Gets the Go-Ahead to Include Lady Gaga Parody on Album
“Weird Al Yankovic’s ‘Perform This Way’ will now appear on his album, thanks to fan support.”
There had been missed communication.
Twitter / Al Yankovic: “Hmm. I don’t get it.
Twitter / Al Yankovic: “The Weird Al / My Little Pony mashup that the world has been waiting for:
This is certainly the “Weird Al” Yankovic / My Little Pony mash-up for which my sister Pamela has been waiting, at least if she has been watching The Hub. I am reminded that The Onion has shows on the Comedy Central and the IFC - Independent Film Channel.
BP Ready To Resume Oil Spilling
“LONDON—A year after the tragic explosion and oil spill that caused petroleum giant BP to cease operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced Wednesday that it was once again ready to begin oil spilling.”
... .... ...
Columbine anniversary: ‘It was horribly, viscerally real’ - BlogPost - The Washington Post
“Twelve years after the tragic school shootings, many of the problems related to it still exist.”
... .... ...
BP To Cut Tax Bill By $13B But Won’t Say What It’s Paying IRS For 2010
“BP plans to cut its total tax bill by nearly $13 billion by deducting costs related to last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the full extent of the environmental and economic costs of which the coast community has yet to feel. The company plans to declare a $40.9 billion loss ...”
Twitter / Aflac Duck: “Three years ago today, @DanicaPatrick became the first woman to win an @IndyCar race. Nice work, m‘lady. Very nice work.”

Botch-fest 017

To connect to the WiFi at Johnson County Community College, one must authenticate through a website, but Samsung Galaxy Tablet sees no network connection with the WiFi until it can thereby authenticate, which it cannot do because the website can only be accessed through the WiFi.
12 signs you have a computer problem - Holy Kaw!
“In the back of many a mind out there is a little voice trying to tell you there’s something unnatural about your relationship with the computer; however, if you put that little sucker on mute some time back in 2001, consider this your wake-up call from Gracie Murano at Oddee.”
I tried to connect to the website with Verizon Wireless 3G, but the website is not accessible.
The Chevy Nova That Didn’t Go
“You might have laughed when you first heard about how Chevrolet couldn’t market the Nova in Latin America because ‘no va’ means ‘it doesn’t go.’ But if you believed the story, the joke is on you.”
I even tried to use my Motorola Droid 2 as a 3G HotSpot, but a message on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet shows asking me to pay another $30 a month for that privilege!
Barack Obama Is Now The Biggest Tax Cutter In American History
“Beneath all of the Republican and Tea Party grumbling about taxes, one key fact continues to be ignored. According to the Tax Policy Center, Federal taxes are lower than at any time since 1955. Obama has now reduced taxes by more than president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.”
What a load of bull!
Complaining About TSA Molestation Will Get You Profiled as a Terrorist
“Article: Kurt Nimmo April 15, 2011 According to CNN, the government considers ‘arrogant complaining’ about TSA Gestapo tactics at the nation’s airports to be an indication of terrorist behavior...”
Yes, like your girlfriend, without connecting to Verizon Wireless 3G, my Samsung Galaxy Tablet is completely useless while I am at Johnson County Community College.

I just needed to open the browser,
and not enter the URL.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Much trouble 001

From Deadlock: Planetary Conquest,
“This could be much trouble.”
“There’s an email going around which appears to be a legitimate email from the JCCC IS department – please note this email is SPAM and may contain malware.

Please don’t click on the link in this email or any other email unless you’re sure who sent it and what it is. Links in an email can send you to sites that automatically download malware to your machine. Malware includes viruses and spyware that can be used to steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud. Click with care!”

Monday, April 18, 2011

that‘s my starting issue

I am moving slowly this morning, and time is moving fast. I have begun like Hootie & the Blowfish. I enjoyed a great conversation with Ben Hodge at Homer’s Coffee House this afternoon in the City of Overland Park, Kansas. We should randomly meet again sometime.
BMW M3 story (Must see and you won’t be disappointed)
“Story behind the making of this amazing sportscar ! Subscribe now for more car videos every month !”
Both the unsweetened iced tea from QuikTrip and the lack of a heating sleeve with my Lean Pockets are disappointing me this Tuesday morning.
Nissan To Fix 5,300 Leaf Electric Cars - Driver’s Seat - WSJ
“Nissan Motor Co. says it is conducting a service campaign on 5,300 Nissan Leaf electric cars in the North American, Japanese and European markets to fix a potential software flaw that could keep the vehicles from restarting after they are turned off.”
Twitter / Martin G.: “Text from my dad regarding the Nissan Leaf starting issue: ‘I wouldn’t want to be seen driving one, that’s my starting issue.’”
Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Concept – Auto Shows - Car and Driver Blog
“No, you’re not crazy. At the 2011 New York auto show, Nissan is showing the Leaf NISMO RC—that’s ‘RC’ as in ‘Racing Challenge.’ Obviously, this is no ordinary Leaf with a rear spoiler, but more like a Leaf that whirred over to the NISMO side of Nissan’s design compound after dark—and stayed.”
David asked what I would answer if I was offered fifty million United States dollars to name my favorite song. From Family Guy, “Where’s my money?”
Stan Bush - The Touch
“Stan Bush - ‘The Touch’ music video from The Transformers.”
Switching between Top Gear on BBC America and Family Guy on Adult Swim happened.
Standard And Poor’s Lowers Outlook On U.S. Debt : NPR
“The ratings service lowered the outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’ due to risks from the country’s growing deficit, but it reaffirmed the investment-grade ratings on long-term and short-term debt.”
Without knowing how to swim, I stay out the deep end, and remain shallow.
Top 20 Miss Tuning Finalists | Car Tuning
“It’s that time of the year again for car tuning enthusiasts to vote on the new 2011 Miss Tuning award.”
This conversation is energizing and engaging!
Do aliens speak particle-tongue? - Holy Kaw!
“Instead of using radio waves or optical beams, ET may encode information on the particles called neutrinos. Communication via neutrino particles has some advantages over radio and optical signals.”
Twitter / Oui Oui Jockamo: “Re-watching LOST with my son. The most bogus thing? Those torches that inexplicably kept burning with no fuel or explanation. Like LOST.”
Jasmine in the Middle Kingdom
“China’s version of the Arab world’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’ was a complete failure. Why are China’s leaders overreacting?”
Back in my day, discussion of The Transformers canon was much more interesting, and no one argued about what happened in The Movie.
China banning time travel for TV?
“Hong Kong, China (CNN) – China has been cracking down on dissent of late, as the recent detainment of artist Ai Weiwei suggests. But the latest guidance on television programming from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China borders on the surreal – or, rather, an attack...”
Okay, with the exception of Brawn...
The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric: Scientific American
“Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us. Now researchers know why.”

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Where was this 009

After the shows at the Roving Imp on Saturday night, I mentioned to David and John that a purpose of this blog is also to chronicle links which I share on Facebook. With patience, I found a stray link on my profile:
“Deus Ex Machina” - Transformers Prime
“Miko and Bulkhead are heading to Greece to recover an Energon Harvester before Starscream and Breakdown get to it. Who do you think will come out on top? Find out this Friday at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT! Find The Hub on Facebook...”
When I’m with your girlfriend,
who do you think will come out on top?
The Swimsuit Issue Beauties Celebrate National Cleavage Day (and AG’s… -
“April 15: the day the Titanic sunk; President Lincoln died; Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball; and Leonardo Da Vinci, Emma Watson, and…”
The sly Hannah Mott entreats us to bone up:
Doctor Who: 47 Years in 6 Minutes
Before Doctor Who, the longest-running and most-successful sci-fi show in history, comes to America next week for an all-new season, we recap all 47 years of the show in just one take! And dont miss the new season, starting Saturday April 23rd, 2011 at 9/8c only on BBC America!
New ‘Wonder Woman’ Wows in Costume
Wonderous Women -TV Babes in Ther Hottest Cosplay
“The girls of Sucker Punch aren’t the only scantily-clad hotties, check out UGO’s list of The Hottest TV Cosplay!”
The following is from Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
Oh yeah baby, that’s a neat car she’s washing.
You think that’s a straight 6?”
“I think I have a straight 6.”

Twitter / 2DT: “It’s hard to walk the line between ‘open-minded romantic’ and ‘pervy weirdo.’ But you know, I’m trying. それでわ, おやすみ。”
How Do I Love Thee, Angelina? Let Me Count the Ways
“I’ve long professed my love and admiration for Angelina Jolie on this site, but now that the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress is in three redbox movies -- The Bone Collector, Salt, and The Tourist -- I figured the time was right for me to explain exactly why I am such a big fan...”
Denton commented on my status, “Here’s a dose of reality that you can take to the bank, ice cream has no bones... that’s right. I said it. ICE CREAM HAS NO BONES!”
Dairy Queen Commercial: Bubbles
“Does Dairy Queen make irresistibly delicious cakes? Of course they do. But they also make bubbles with kittens inside of them.”
How to use a hyperbaric chamber to treat flesh eating bacteria
“Hyperbaric chambers are usually sleek cylinders with long observation windows. Inside there’s a place to lie down, and often a mask that goes over the patient’s face.”
Where was this, 009?

Friday, April 15, 2011


Which would be lost outside their own post, I had found a few stories about Detroit. MythBusters on the Discovery Channel is presented by Chevrolet Silverado, of which the GMC variant is pictured:
Tailgate Thefts a Pain in the Behind for Increasing Numbers of Truck Owners - News
“Hood ornaments and alloy wheels are commonly known as attractive targets for thieves. If you’re a pickup truck owner, add tailgates to the list. In the Detroit area, this utilitarian truck end has become the item of choice for many thieves, according to the Detroit News.”
The following story finds irony in the current slogan for Chrysler.
Exported From Detroit: 65 People A Day, Says Census
“If you take recent media messaging—especially that from the auto industry—at face value, Detroit has been undergoing a resurgence. While that’s easy to see in the industry, in stronger, better-rated, better-received product lines from General Motors and Ford—and the winds of...”
I think, like your girlfriend, therefore I am ...single.
Angry Detroit woman smashes Cadillac with folding chair
“Perhaps inspired by Jazmine Sullivan’s jilted-woman vandal anthem, this woman decided to bust the windows out of the Cadillac DeVille of someone close to her.”

Sam Axe Appreciation Day

Kimberly Hurt and I walked for six miles in Streamway Park yesterday, and later watched Tron with our father Mikely and sister Pamela. Saturday is a better day to have the oil service done for my Chevy Cavalier at Superior Chevrolet.
Algae Instead of Oil
“Fast Company reports that algae-based fuel could replace up to 17 percent of our oil imports. This slimy green stuff is reported to have some extraordinary powers already used in protein supplements, medication, skin moisturizer and now potentially biofuel.”
Later on Friday, I shared Tron at the home of Denton, and saw two friends whom I had not seen in a while. When projected onto a screen, surfing the Web becomes a group activity.
Why Users Are More Engaged With Social Media on Fridays
“Rebecca Black’s not the only one who thinks there’s something special about Friday. Two separate pieces of research out this week show that the end of the work week is the best time to get traction on status updates and tweets.”
After I left the Roving Imp on Saturday night, I went to Burger King for a Double Stacker, and some guy in a Hyundai was just making laps. At the Hy-Vee in the City of Mission, KS, my car posted 29.211 miles per gallon or 8.023 liters per 100 kilometers.
Classic Cadillacs challenge - Top Gear - BBC
“Richard Hammond travels to Holland to road test the Cadilac CTS, one of the few American cars that's capable of going round a corner without sliding into a ditch! Go to to see a full list of all high quality videos available on the Top Gear YouTube channel...”
I also bought some Lean Pockets, and witnessed a young man and woman in formal wear leaving in an older Ford Explorer. Prom season, I later encountered a stretch Hummer H2.
This F-150 has EcoBoost and then some | Custom Shop truck cuts down on drag, weight; adds solar pane
“Ford’s 2011 EcoBoost F-150 pickup has hauled logs in Oregon, towed race cars on trailers at high speed around Daytona and even raced across Mexico’s rugged Baja Peninsula, all to prove that its twin-turbocharged V-6 engine is just as tough and strong and durable as a V-8...”
Along Streamway Park, Edelweiss is actually a private residential community, and not a restaurant with great burgers and pies. My dreams lie!
Obama: Raise debt ceiling or risk global recession
“Failure by Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit ‘could plunge the world economy back into recession,’ President Barack Obama declared Friday, and he acknowledged that he must compromise on spending with Republicans who control the House to avoid such a crisis.”
Welcome to Sam Axe Appreciation Day, which unlike Earth Day is actually a celebration that I can back! Watch USA starting at 9A today and then stick around to catch the premiere of The Fall of Sam Axe tonight at 9P!
‘Burn Notice’ EP Matt Nix talks tonight’s Sam Axe movie, the character’s ‘action-tastic’ ways |
“Tonight’s Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe is more than an opportunity to see a slightly younger version of Bruce Campbell’s former covert op...”
While watching the event, I succumbed, like your girlfriend, to an ad for KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Who is that hot ad girl?
“A blog dedicated to finding out who these hot unknown actresses and models are in various TV commercials. If you’d like to know who a mysterious and unknown hot actress is in a TV commercial, submit...”
I cannot yet act on any TV commercial for the following:
Fast Five
Fast Five starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson takes you into Brazil where the racing duo are escaping from federal agents and a corrupt businessman. Watch the Fast Five movie in theaters April 29, 2011.”
Sorry, Nissan, a transversely mounted V-6 does not a sports car make, even a Four-Door one.
President Obama Wants A ‘Cool’ Phone
“There’s a good chance that your office or home is more tricked out, tech-wise, than the Oval Office. President Obama complained yesterday, in ...”
Hey, one-term president, stop complaining and do your job.
Jimmy Carter unveils truth about Israel
“Former President Jimmy Carter, author of a new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, is interviewed from his home in Plains, Georgia. He responds to a caller who asks questions concerning pressure put on the US political system and the resulting support of Israel.”
Are we experiencing the same reality?
Iran nuclear program moving forward ‘without challenges’ | Stand for Israel
“A national security expert says Iran is making progress toward its nuclear ambitions, at least in part because no one is pressuring them to stop.”
Twitter / Mark R. Levin: “DONALD CHUMP AND HIS SPIN
Donald Trump: The Sarah Palin Slayer? - HUMAN EVENTS
“The bombastic, self-proclaimed billionaire may be the candidate Sarah Palin and Tea Partiers should fear the most.”

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

I missed the party 001

Although the Adult Swim presents a carnival, and the Roving Imp will now have regular classes and shows, I will likely not be in the City of Lawrence, Kansas tonight. If I did not work in the morning, then I might consider going, but driving back home takes nearly an hour, and fuel prices are becoming less and less friendly. I can barely navigate 23rd Street, like your girlfriend, and the rest of the grid is like the dark part of a map in a video game. I cannot simply afford the frustration or the fuel.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Botch-fest 016

Kitto I must write a disclaimer about the strong language that will appear later in this post, like your girlfriend. I am very cross right now, yet I can accept that the comment from Carl was inevitable:
“Chris, Cross? Will make you... Jump Jump!”
“The decision by NASA to not bring a retired space shuttle to Houston was met near Johnson Space Center with anger, disbelief and questions about the economic impact the decision would have on the region.”
Twitter / rstevens: “I’d get into anger management
if there were any chance I’d get promoted.”
“Obama March 2006 ‘The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt ...”
To agree with my friends in the Libertarian Party, the only thing that changed between this ‘administration’ and the last is the mask. We have been had.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum has an 11 ½" x 3" sticker available with two sayings, “I Like Ike” and “I Miss Ike! Hell, I Even Miss Harry”. Although the preceding is not a bumper sticker on my car, I apparently have enough stickers to cause someone Tuesday to leave a note under a windscreen wiper. I removed the offending item, set it in my deck lid, photographed it, and took it to the JCCC Police:

Denton says, “[It is] the most ignorant and asinine thing I have ever read in my life.” Utterly un-creative, and poorly photocopied, the note was notorious:

“We’re ticked off at the way you’ve treated California, and we’ve decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us.”
A violation of campus policy, I had to file a report on that.
Plus, I don’t let fuckers get away with that:
“President Barack Obama promised to change Washington’s ways. Yet he is as caught up in them as ever.”
The answer of the Democratic Party is always to raise the taxes,
and increase the bureaucracy, and among the more idiotic cries,
“It‘s about time! Raise ‘em, Obama - raise ‘em high!!”
“Everybody knows that raising taxes will be part of the ‘fairness’ Democrats offer in response to Paul Ryan’s entitlement-slashing spending plan.”
“While Republicans demand an end to reckless government spending, a liberal advocacy group says more than 30,000 people have joined a ‘rolling fast’ to protest the ‘immoral budget cuts Republicans are pushing in Washington.’”
“President Barack Obama will describe his plans for long-term deficit reduction Wednesday, in a move likely to kick off a months-long debate with Republicans while alienating some members of his own Democratic Party.”
Twitter / Lynn Jenkins: “Mere platitudes and ambiguous goals is
not a debt reduction plan...
“The fact of the matter is there are not enough rich people to come anywhere close to satisfying Congress' voracious spending appetite. By Walter Williams”
Twitter / John Boehner: “The federal government will spend $78.5 billion less this year than President Barack Obama proposed.”
Hey Republicans, Here’s One Reason to Avoid a Government Shutdown
“If David Stockman is for it, argues Dee Dee Myers, it must be a bad idea.”
Twitter / John Boehner: “These are real cuts, though this agreement isn’t perfect.”
“A government shutdown was narrowly avoided, but cartoonists Joe Heller and Steve Greenberg suspect that not all are happy with Washington.”
Twitter / John Boehner: “My op-ed in @politico: spending cut - $315B over 10 yrs - paves way for Paul Ryan’s budget & cutting trillions
“Rather than taking a strong stand, some lawmakers are hedging during the leadup to the roll call.”
“Republican Liberty Caucus Advisory Board member Congressman Ron Paul had stern criticisms of the Paul Ryan budget proposal. Paul said Ryan’s plan doesn’t go nearly far enough toward dismantling the welfare state. ‘We are dealing with a problem in Washington as a budgetary accounting problem and that...”
“It‘s time for a 21st-century retirement age. If 40 is the new 20 and 50 is the new 30, why shouldn't 70 be the new 65? The last time Washington politicians tinkered ever so gingerly with the government-sanctioned retirement age, Ronald Reagan was in office and Generation X-ers were all in diapers.”
“Cantor: Spending, not revenue, is the problem - Top Republicans come out in staunch opposition to tax increases the president is expected to propose...”


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We apologize 002

Neither from contempt nor pride, the following is sometimes difficult to say: I have erred; however, like your girlfriend, only on a factual basis. I want to be right, or rather, technically correct, the best kind of correct. About April Fools’ Day, I was struggling to understand an alarm clock with a switch to turn off the buzzer. The buzzer actually has either a ‘hi’ or a ‘lo’ setting, but no off switch.
“I may have misunderstood this...But ‘The Pretender’ was featured in the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus. The Jackson Browne song in Forrest Gump (But not on the soundtrack) was ‘Running On Empty.’ Sorry, sorry, yes, I know.”
I would respond, “Oh, yeah,” as one character or two voiced by Tara Strong would say after such a realization. The following is from Futurama:
Ken: “You are the last hope of the universe.”
Fry: “So I really am important?
How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?”
Ken: “Yes - except the Dave Matthews Band doesn’t rock.”
The Egocentric Universe is interestingly an actual, philosophical concept:
Egocentric Universe
“Mankind has, since the beginning of recorded history (and most likely for a considerable time before that) had a burning desire to know how this all started and why, or if there actually is a ‘why’ for that matter. The relentless pursuit of this question has spawned both religion and science. So wha...”
I’m just trying to think of all the possibilities here.
Method & Craft | Old is the New New
Conferences this week are causing increased communication and cooperation between the two working groups in my department.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Today is being a good day, like your girlfriend, and time is fast flying! My faith in The Next Generation of humanity has been restored, and I strongly agree with David Franklin that the children at the Roving Imp 4th Anniversary Showcase on Saturday night were an asset and improved the enjoyment for everyone.
Kids react to Rebecca Black’s “Friday” [video] - Holy Kaw!
“Kids offer their opinions on Rebecca Black’s ubiquitous hit ‘Friday’ that includes words of wisdom like ‘it probably made like a thousand people throw up.’ Somewhat surprisingly, the youngest participants seemed to dig the infamous tune.”
Must I mention my Multimedia Station for DROID by Motorola for my Motorola Droid 2? You may call it a beef patty, but I call it a flavor disk, or a flavor square in the case of Wendy’s.
Delicious Examples of Sandwich Art | Webdesigner Depot
“Through WDD we love to show you how you can use your design skills to be creative in all aspects of your life, not only when sitting at your...”
All my attempts at having a poor attitude have failed today.
M7.0 aftershock briefly halts cooling at Fukushima | The Japan Times Online
“A strong aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 jolted the eastern and northeastern part of Japan on Monday evening, disrupting the vital injection of cooling water into reactors 1, 2, 3 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for about 50 minutes.”
‘Strawberry Marshmallow’ manga characters give Shizuoka taxis a soft touch - The Mainichi Daily News
Aya Hirano: Prohibited From Acting in New Anime Works
“Voice actress says she is thankful to still be in anime such as Fairy Tail, Jewelpet Sunshine...”
As one character or two voiced by Tara Strong would say after such a realization, “Oh, yeah.”
A Call for Help: Relentlessly Cheerful Artist Needs YOUR Help!
“For those of you who’ve been with us for a while, you‘ll probably remember our post featuring James Hance’s Star Wars-themed art. Since we’ve posted this...”
At QuikTrip my Chevy Cavalier posted 26.744 miles per gallon or 8.763 liters per 100 kilometers.
Spanish scientists search for fuel of the future
“In a forest of tubes eight metres high in eastern Spain scientists hope they have found the fuel of tomorrow: bio-oil produced with algae mixed with carbon dioxide from a factory.”

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The song was number six

Best Buy well advised my mother and I about eBook readers, and the one model of the Nook from Barnes & Noble is capable of 3G, so we went to Verizon Wireless to ask about that. Well, for the same price, with more capabilities, and a Nook app, I bought a Samsung Galaxy tablet, which I might bring with me tonight to the Roving Imp 4th Anniversary Showcase.
Corinne Bailey Rae performs ‘Enchantment’ - Holy Kaw!
“This is Corinne Bailey Rae performing ‘Enchantment.’ I didn’t know about this song when I named her the enchanting singer in the Enchantment hall of fame on page 41. Notice the blue butterfly above the stage at 3:36 too. You read lyrics for the song here. She has the voice of an angel—when I die, I ...”
I was on tenterhooks, like your girlfriend, waiting for John to open the champagne. Yes, ‘on tenterhooks’ is a phrase I learned from the app.
Koch Industries, Inc
“Claims made today by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) of good faith and fair-minded outreach to us don’t square with the facts. CPI obscured from readers the substance of our efforts to engage with them and so we will set the record straight here.”
Following up with an inquiry by David Rushing, this listing on Netflix was also mentioned by one of the friends of Steve Atwell last night at the Roving Imp. Of course this should not be confused with The Last Testament of Harrison George.
Rent Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison on DVD, Save Paul McCart...
“Netflix: Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison. Save Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison to your movie list. Watch Unlimited Movies & TV Shows. Free Trial.”
Really, Formula Drift has some Nissans with engines that would normally found in the Chevy Camaro or Corvette?
LS Engines Take Over Professional Drifting -
“The Formula DRIFT competition series is surprisingly popular here in the United States, and although Japanese makes dominate when it comes to the vehicles themselves, when you look under the hood of many of them, there’s a red, white, and blue surprise waiting.”
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is supercharged.
2010-2011 Camaro Supercharger Systems | Lysholm
“Twin-Screw Supercharger Systems for 2010-2011 Chevy Camaro SS.”
This however is ... Ford Mustang!
2012 Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake - 2011 New York International Auto Show - Motor Trend
“Shelby American announced its plan to unveil the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake at the New York Auto Show. Read more about the 2012 Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake at the 2011 New York International Auto Show from the automotive experts at Motor Trend.”
Yeah, I just heard a song from the VH1 list on 99.7 The Point.
50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Of All Time - VH1
“The following is a list of the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Of All Time from the show on VH1. These songs are the opinion of VH1 and does not reflect my opinion because there are actually a few songs out of the list I like! To view the song lyrics, click on a link that includes the so...”
The song was number six. I switched to Alice 102 and heard a song from Forest Gump.
♫ I’m going to rent myself a house.
In the shade of the freeway.
I’m going to pack my lunch in the morning.
And go to work each day.
And when the evening rolls around.
I’ll go on home and lay my body down.
And when the morning light comes streaming in.
I’ll get up and do it again.
Amen. Say it again. ♫
Mr Jones can be taken at his word if he is wearing cotton clothes.
50 Years In Space: Was It Worth It?

“It was 50 years ago when people first flew in space. Here’s an infographic that shows you the spacecraft humans have flown to reach that great void over the past half-century.”
Theater « Chromatic Distribution
Extreme couponing! How to get $1,100 of merchandise for $40
“Hard-core couponers plot their grocery-store trips with the precision of military commanders and score hundreds of dollars’ worth of goods for as little as $5. They also get a surge of adrenaline that can be downright addicting. How do they do it?”
Jeremy Clarkson - BBC Top Gear